Subject: Clean Capital News - 19 December 2013

Canadian Solar | US Vehicle Efficiency | European Investment Bank | Cost Competitive Renewables
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Canadian Solar
Canadian Solar flies high in 2013
Sam Eifling, 19 December 2013

Canadian Solar Inc. is getting notice as this year's top-performing solar energy company on the NASDAQ, largely because of its contracts for, well, Canadian solar.

US Vehicle Efficiency
US vehicles hit efficiency record in 2012
Justin Bull, 19 December 2013.

In recent years, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has imposed increasingly stringent fuel efficiency standards on automakers in the United States.


European Investment Banks
European Investment Bank invests €50 million in private sector fund
Neil Thomson, 19 December 2013.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) continued its support of the continents shift to clean energy by investing €50 million into the second clean energy fund set up by ...

Cost Competitive Renewables
Renewable energy becomes cost competitive with fossil fuels
James Noble, 19 December 2013.

The perception that fossil fuels are cheap and renewables are expensive on a levalized basis is fast becoming a thing of the past.

Other News
  • Turning a building’s water system into a hydroelectric plant
    Hydroelectric generation systems, installed in pipes in Hong Kong’s many skyscrapers, could be used to generate electricity from water pressure. The system uses excess pressure in the water system to spin a Swiss-built turbine, which generates electricity to power the lights in a back room.
  • Nissan now offers 24-Hour Leaf test drive, and dealership charging
    Sales are far from where Nissan wants them, and to give potential buyers more incentive to check out the Leaf, a new program offers 24 hour test drives and roadside assistance, use of an extra, conventional car for longer trips, free rapid charging, and a Battery State of Health Guarantee.
  • NWT Energy Action Plan focuses on efficiency; alternative energy
    Investments in energy efficiency programs, developing alternative energy systems, and reducing the high cost of energy in the Northwest Territories are highlights of the NWT Energy Action Plan, released today by the Ministerial Energy Coordinating and Climate Change Committee-of-Cabinet (MECC).
  • US solar energy industry shines in record-setting 3Q 2013
    Solar panels were installed on more American residential rooftops in the 3rd Quarter of 2013 than any other quarter in history, pushing US installed solar capacity over the 10-gigawatt (GW) milestone and potentially ahead of Germany for the first time.
  • Three ways U.S.-China conflict is helping on climate change
    Beijing's air quality monitoring station was the first stop Monday for Gina McCarthy, the top U.S. environmental official, in a weeklong trip to China for talks on how the world's top two greenhouse gas polluters can work together to tackle climate change.
  • China looking towards distributed solar over utility-scale
    China is looking to switch the emphasis of its booming domestic solar market towards the “distributed” market – essentially rooftop and small, local, plants – rather than large, utility-scale solar farms.
  • Favorable attitudes toward smart meters continue to increase, according to consumer survey
    According to a new consumer survey from Navigant Research, the percentage of consumers who have “favorable” or “very favorable” attitudes toward smart meters has increased over the last few years. The survey results are summarized in a free white paper, which is available for download on the Navigant Research website.
  • NREL: Soft costs now largest piece of solar installation costs
    Two reports published by the US Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) show that soft costs — such as financing and other non-hardware costs — now make up the largest section of solar installation costs, coming in at 64% of the total price for residential solar energy systems.
  • First Middle East utility-scale wind project receives financing
    Jordan Wind Project Company announced late November that they had signed a financing agreement to begin constructing a utility-scale wind power project in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The 117 MW Tafila Wind Farm will not only increase the country’s total power capacity by 3%, but it also represents the very first utility-scale wind power project in the Middle East.
  • Study finds piece-by-piece approach to emissions policies can be effective
    Discussions on curbing climate change tend to focus on comprehensive, emissions-focused measures: a global cap-and-trade scheme aimed at controlling carbon, or a tax on all carbon emissions. But a new study by researchers at MIT finds that a “segmental” approach — involving separate targeting of energy choices and energy consumption through regulations or incentives — can play an important role in achieving emission reductions.
  • Solar’s massive growth in top 10 solar countries (interactive charts)
    In 2012 solar power produced just 0.5% of global electricity. It’s only a speck compared to coal (42%), natural gas (21%), hydro (15%) and nuclear (12%).
    But solar is a startup. And market share is the wrong way to judge a startup. The fact that the iPhone had no market share in 2007 is cold comfort to Nokia shareholders today.
  • Surge seen in US oil output, lowering gasoline prices
    The annual outlook by the department’s Energy Information Agency was cited by experts as confirmation that the United States was well on its way — far faster than anticipated even a year ago — to achieving virtual energy independence.
  • Ontario adding 3,300 MW of renewable energy to grid by 2015
    Renewable energy sources—wind and solar installations and biomass stations—that go online in Ontario between December 2013 and May 2015 will be used to offset the loss of about 2,150 MW in generation capacity from the shutdown of coal-fired generators over the same time, according to the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).

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